Altmetrics, a type of alternative impact indicator, are real-time research insights that enable scholars to show a more holistic picture of how their work is being found, shared, and referenced online beyond traditional bibliometric citations. This slideshow, co-produced by Scholastica and Altmetric, offers a quick overview of how to start using altmetrics to track the broader impacts of your scholarly works.
Getting Started with Altmetrics: A Researcher's Guide
Getting Started with
Altmetrics: A Researcher’s
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The Evolution of Impact
bibliomentrics to altmetrics
What are altmetrics?
Digging into altmetrics data
“Altmetrics expand our view of what
impact looks like, but also of what’s
making the impact. This matters
because expressions of scholarship
are becoming more diverse.
altmetrics: a manifesto
Altmetrics capture the online engagement relating to
individual research outputs, enabling users to understand
how scholarship is being found, shared, and discussed.
Examples of altmetrics
▷ References to research in news and other
▷ Shares of research on social media
▷ Use of research in public policy
▷ Research mentions in post-publication
peer review forums
Altmetrics show attention
How research is being found, shared, and
used in and outside of academia
early signs of
impacts long before
citations, which can
take months or years
Altmetrics complement traditional
altmetrics is tracked
as it occurs —
authors don’t have to
wait for a score to be
released, like for the
What altmetrics are not:
Altmetrics are not indicative of research quality. As with
bibliometric indicators, the cause of a lot of attention can
sometimes be linked to article endorsements or
references to errors.
Why should I care?
Who’s talking about your research?
Altmetrics show who’s talking
about your research, and what
Be quickly alerted to any misinterpretation or
misuse of your research, and have the opportunity
to respond directly to the source
Funding and job applications
Showcasing altmetrics insights alongside citation
counts, face to face interviews, economic measures or
other examples of engagement and broader impacts
can highlight the full picture of your research.
Using altmetrics to take the
next step in your career
Build your reputation
See who is talking about your work and what they’re saying -
make sure they’re not misinterpreting or misrepresenting
results. Grow your professional network by engaging with
others discussing work in your field online.
Feedback on the results
of your outreach
Altmetrics provide real-time and
immediate feedback on the amount
of attention your work has
received, making it easy to monitor
the effects of any promotional
research and future
‘Being able to see who is taking
an active interest in research in
any given field can also be a
useful channel for identifying
potential new collaborators, or
new communities to engage
Make informed publishing
Identify journals that are effective at making your research
visible and that engage with their audiences. Many publishers
are happy to help amplify your own outreach efforts.
How do I get started?
And what tools should I use?
Install the free Altmetric bookmarklet in your browser
to see a summary of the online attention of any article
with a unique identifier.
Many publishers embed the Altmetric badge -
sometimes on a ‘metrics’ tab. Click on the badge
to view all of the attention.
Dig into the data!
1. Identify who’s
talking about your
work and that of
2. Think about the
aims of your work:
Who do you want to
see it, what would the
ideal outcome be?
3. Look for ways to
Using social media,
blogs, websites and
Put it into context
Remember altmetrics are more than just numbers! They don’t
tell the whole story. You may need to look further into the data
to understand where and why something is receiving attention.
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